BK channel beta1-subunit regulation of calcium handling and constriction in tracheal smooth muscle.


The large-conductance, Ca2+-activated K+ (BK) channels are regulators of voltage-dependent Ca2+ entry in many cell types. The BK channel accessory beta1-subunit promotes channel activation in smooth muscle and is required for proper tone in the vasculature and bladder. However, although BK channels have also been implicated in airway smooth muscle function… (More)

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